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Ernst Langthaler | Facts, Historian, Biography, Life, Major Works, Honors


IntroAustrian agrarian historian
IsHistorian, Agrarian historian
TypeAcademia, Social Science
Birth1965 , St. Pölten, Austria
Age55 years
EducationUniversity of Vienna


Ernst Langthaler (1965 in St. Pölten, Lower Austria) is an Austrian historian.


Ernst Langthaler grew up in Frankenfels as the son of the electrician and later mayor Ernst Langthaler (* 1941) and the saleswoman Inge Langthaler (* 1941). After finishing the federal high school in St. Pölten from 1983 to 1986, he studied mathematics, history and social studies at the Pedagogical Academy in Krems. In addition to his work as a teacher at the Frankenfels secondary school since 1987, he studied history and subject combinations at the University of Vienna from 1992 to 1995. 1998 to 2000 was followed by a doctorate in history at the University of Vienna.

Langthaler left school in 1999 and became a member of various historical research projects. Since 2001 he has been a lecturer at the institutes for contemporary history as well as economic and social history at the University of Vienna, and since 2004 also at the Institute for Landscape Planning at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna. In 2002 he became a member of staff at the newly founded Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for the History of Rural Areas in St. Pölten (since 2005: Institute for the History of Rural Areas), where he was responsible for the publication of the “Yearbook for the History of Rural Areas” . From 2005 to 2011 he was the deputy head of the Institute for the History of Rural Areas and from 2009 to 2012 he was head of the FWF research project “Agricultural Styles” running there. From 2005 to 2009 he was Austrian delegate in the COST campaign “Programs for the Study of European Rural Societies (Progressore)” and in 2010 he was designated as Secretary of the European Rural History Organization. In 2011 Langthaler took over the management of the Institute for the History of Rural Areas.

An APART grant from the Austrian Academy of Sciences from 2005 to 2008 enabled Langthaler to write a habilitation thesis on agriculture in the Reichsgau Niederdonau from 1938 to 1945, with which he was habilitated in 2010 at the University of Vienna in the subject of economic and social history and appointed private lecturer. After a visiting professorship at the Institute for History and Ethnology at the University of Innsbruck in the summer semester 2010, he took on a visiting professorship in the winter semester 2010/11, summer semester 2011 and winter semester 2011/12 at the Institute for Economic and Social History at the University of Vienna and was appointed university professor for this period . In February 2011 Langthaler completed an Erasmus teaching stay at the University of Santiago de Compostela.

After more than a decade and a half of main professional work in non-university research, Langthaler switched to university teaching and research in 2016: After a six-month fellowship at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, he took up the position of university professor for social and Economic history at the Johannes Kepler University Linz.

Langthaler’s areas of work form the economic, social and cultural history of the 19th to 21st centuries with a focus on agricultural and nutritional history, regional and global history, as well as qualitative and quantitative methodology.


  • The Frankenfelser book . Frankenfels 1997 (Ed. With Bernhard Gamsjäger).
  • Over the villages. Rural living environments in modern times . Vienna 2000 (Ed. With Reinhard Sieder).
  • Agricultural issues . Vienna 2002 (Ed. With Erich Landsteiner).
  • Forced labor in agriculture in Lower Austria and northern Burgenland . Vienna 2004 (with Ela Hornung and Sabine Schweitzer).
  • Write agricultural history. International comparison of traditions and innovations . Innsbruck 2004 (ed. With Ernst Bruckmüller and Josef Redl).
  • Regulated country. Agricultural policy in Germany, Austria and Switzerland 1930-1960 . Innsbruck 2005 (ed. With Josef Redl).
  • Soviets, black market, state treaty. Keywords of Lower Austria 1945-1955 . St. Pölten 2005 (Ed. With Stefan Eminger).
  • Green revolutions. Agricultural systems and the environment in the 19th and 20th centuries . Innsbruck 2006 (Ed. With Andreas Dix).
  • Lower Austria in the 20th Century , 3 volumes, Vienna 2008 (Ed. With Stefan Eminger, Oliver Kühschelm and Peter Melichar).
  • Country work. Industrial relations in European rural societies (17th-20th centuries) . Innsbruck 2010 (ed. With Rita Garstenauer and Erich Landsteiner).
  • Agrosystems and Labor Relations in European Rural Societies . Turnhout 2010 (Ed. With Erich Landsteiner).
  • Global history 1800-2010 . Vienna 2010 (Ed. With Reinhard Sieder).
  • Seek the big in the small. Micro history in theory and practice . Innsbruck 2012 (ed. With Ewald Hiebl).
  • Lower Austria. From the First World War to the present . Innsbruck 2013 (with Stefan Eminger).
  • Culinary “home” and “strangers”. Migration and nutrition in the 19th and 20th centuries . Innsbruck 2014 (ed. With Lars Amenda).
  • Battlefields. Everyday business in the National Socialist agricultural society 1938-1945 . Vienna 2016.


  • 1995: Master of Philosophy
  • 1997: Gold medal of honor for the Frankenfels market town for the Frankenfels book
  • 2000: Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2004: Cultural Award of the State of Lower Austria, recognition award for the humanities
  • 2005: Culture Award of the State of Lower Austria, appreciation award for contemporary history (with Ela Hornung and Sabine Schweitzer)
  • 2005: APART grant from the Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • 2010: Lecturer
  • 2010: University professor (temporary)
  • 2016: University professor (unlimited)
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